Final Deadline for Recreational Boaters - Sept 15, 2009

    OTTAWA, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Federal law requires all operators of powered
recreational boats to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by September 15,
2009. Boaters caught without the card after September 15 will be subject to a
fine of $250.00.
    The Pleasure Craft Operator Card is available from BOATsmart! Canada - a
boating education provider accredited by Transport Canada.
    "Our website offers the official exam online. The
site is open and ready to serve the 8 million Canadians who require an
Operator Card. We're encouraging Canadians to get certified by this convenient
and accessible method before the deadline", remarks Cameron Taylor, President
of BOATsmart! Canada.
    The official exam is accessible 24/7 online at The
web site offers free study material and free retries for those boaters who may
not pass on the first attempt. "We recognize many boaters may not have taken
an exam in more than 20 years", said Taylor, "that's why the BOATsmart! site
offers free study material, practice exams and free retries. We want boaters
to be educated and feel comfortable with the exam process."
    The organization also offers a network of certified test locations across
Canada. BOATsmart! Canada's Safe Boating Teams will also be visiting various
locations across Canada in September offering the exam risk free. Community
locations can be found online at or by calling
BOATsmart! Canada's toll free Boating Safety Infoline at 1-877-792-3926, open
7 days per week.
    Boaters must complete a 36 question written exam in order to obtain the
card. A minimum passing grade of 75% is required. Topics on the exam include
navigation rules, marker buoys, required safety equipment and emergency
preparedness. Once obtained, the BOATsmart! Pleasure Craft Operator Card
(PCOC) is good for life.
    The law applies to all recreational boaters who operate powered vessels.
There are no exemptions for age or length of boat.
    Boaters who have lost or misplaced their Operator Card can contact
BOATsmart! Canada's Infoline at 1-877-792-392, open 7 days per week, to access
the organization's national database and obtain a replacement card.
    BOATsmart! is accredited by Transport Canada and is Canada's most
recognized course provider. The organization's mission is to educate
recreational boaters and promote the safe, enjoyable and environmentally
friendly use of Canada's waterways.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries and to arrange an
interview, please contact Cameron Taylor, President, BOATsmart! Canada,
1-877-792-3926 x212; Cell (416) 524-8943,,

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